Flemish School, 17th Century Portrait of a gentleman, said to be Johann Philip Lansberge,
Lot 14
Flemish School
17th Century
Portrait of a gentleman, said to be Johann Philip Lansberge,
Sold for £45,000 (US$ 76,530) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Flemish School, 17th Century
Portrait of a gentleman, said to be Johann Philip Lansberge, bust-length, in a fur-trimmed coat, holding a letter
oil on canvas
53.7 x 45cm (21 1/8 x 17 11/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire
    Frederika Charlotte Louisa Rooke (1861-1954; née Thellusson and Grand Daughter of Frederick Vernon Wentworth (b.1795) of Wentworth Castle) and Mortimer Rooke (1854-1942)) of The Ivy, Chippenham
    and thence by family descent to the present owners

    The sitter was first identified as being Johann Philip Lansberge by P & D Colnaghi in 1869 (letter dated 9 August) and may be compared to a 17th century engraving by an unknown artist. Johan Philip Lansberge (1561–1632) was a Dutch Calvinist minister, astronomer and mathematician. He is best known as the author of a set of astronomical tables, Tabulae motuum coelestium perpetuæ, for predicting planetary positions. He was thus the first Dutch author who wrote a popular book about the movements of the planets around the Sun. Kepler and Galileo, who lived in the same period, were very interested in his work; based on his tables, they could predict the movements of the planets more accurately. Lansberge supported the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, who claimed that the Earth revolves around the Sun. This theory was controversial in both Catholic and Protestant circles, where the geocentric theory had been more widely held.

    Thomas Wentworth, in rivalry to his cousins who inherited Wentworth Woodhouse added a new baroque wing to Wentworth Castle and amassed a picture collection in Italy for which James Gibbs designed the remarkable picture gallery in 1724 which stretched some one hundred and eighty feet. Nikolaus Pevsner described the east range 'of a palatial splendour uncommon in England'. Originally known as Stainborough Castle, Wentworth changed the name to Wentworth Castle on its completion in 1731. The estate passed to the 3rd Earl's sister Augusta Wentworth (Mrs Hatfield Kaye) and then to Frederick Vernon-Wentworth in 1802.
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